Nov/Dec 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 6 Editor's NotesNovember 1, 2015 |

Editor’s Notes

Just what makes an essay literary? I've been challenged on that recently, not least because I'd like to extend the capaciousness of creative categories. These notes provide an early opportunity. As Montaigne demonstrated four hundred years ago, essays—or what we today often call creative nonfiction—are typically founded on memoir, reflection, or some other form of particular personal experience. In this issue of the Kenyon Review, for example, we feature Jaquira Diaz's "Ordinary Girls," rich with the lyricism, the punch of fine fiction. Consider here the rhythms, repetitions, and the dramatically significant details: The Kilo I knew threw up gang signs and wore baggy jeans and wifebeaters and high-top Air Jordans. He was tattooed and foul mouthed and crazy. He looked at people hard, laughed loudly, talked back to everybody, played streetball and dunked on half the guys in Normandy Park. The Kilo I knew smoked blunts, drank Olde English 800 by the quart, talked dirty, cr

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Just what makes an essay literary? I've been challenged on that recently, not least because I'd like to extend the capaciousness of creative categories. These notes provide an early opportunity. […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Just what makes an essay literary? I've been challenged on that recently, not least because I'd like to extend the capaciousness of creative categories. These notes provide an early opportunity. […]

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